University of Pittsburgh Medical Center said it plans to close its UPMC Braddock (Pa.) hospital by Jan. 31 because low patient volumes have led to nearly $27 million in operating losses over the past six years. The system projects that losses would be $50 million over the next five or six years if the hospital were to remain open.
UPMC plans to close Braddock hospital
Admissions fell by 21% between 2004 and 2009, UPMC said. The hospital's market share in the Braddock area, which is about 11 miles east by car from downtown Pittsburgh, is only 20.8%, UPMC added. Physicians on the UPMC Braddock medical staff will be incorporated into the medical staffs of the other 11 UPMC hospitals, and most current employees will be offered positions elsewhere in the system, UPMC said.
UPMC bought the then Braddock Medical Center in 1996 and has invested more than $30 million in capital projects in the hospital, the system said. UPMC said it will continue to offer outpatient programs at Braddock and will discuss expanding primary care at the site with local physicians.
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